Google's First Smartphone:


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The Nexus One is a smartphone from Google that uses the Android open source mobile operating system. The device is manufactured by Taiwan's HTC Corporation, and became available on January 5, 2010. The unlocked version of the Nexus One Smartphone's retail pricing is $529. Features of the phone include the ability to transcribe voice to text, noise canceling dual microphones, and voice directions while driving.The phone comes unlocked and is not restricted to any particular mobile network provider. Google currently offers it for use on the T-Mobile network in the United States; a version for use on the Verizon (US) and Vodafone (European) networks is expected in the second calendar quarter of 2010. A recent FCC filing also suggests the phone may be released in a version supporting AT&T's 3G data networks in the future.


Size and Weight
  • Height - 19mm, Width - 59.8mm, Depth - 11.5mm
  • Weight - 130 grams w/battery, 100g w/o battery
  • 3.7-inch(diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 800 x 480 pixels, 100,000:1 typical contrast ratio
  • 1ms typical response rate
Camera & Flash
  • 5 megapixels, Autofocus from 6cm to infinity, 2X digital zoom, LED flash
  • User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver
  • Video captured at 720x480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions

Cellular & Wireless
  • UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900), HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps, GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, A2DP stereo Bluetooth
Power & Battery
  • Removable 1400 mAH battery, Charges at 480mA from USB, at 980mA from supplied charger
  • Talk time - Up to 10 hours on 2G Up to 7 hours on 3G
  • Standby time - Up to 290 hours on 2G Up to 250 hours on 3G
  • Internet use - Up to 5 hours on 3G Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback - Up to 7 hours
  • Audio playback - Up to 20 hours
  • Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz (Snapdragon)
Operating system

  • Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)
  • 512MB Flash, 512MB RAM, 4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)
  • Assisted Global Positioning System (AGPS)
  • Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning
  • Digital compass, Accelerometer


The Google Nexus One has a few unique features, one of them being voice-to-text. Now what is interesting about the voice to text feature is not its lightning fast response or its ability to discern words but in fact it is the word censor. Yes, Google is trying to clean up the earth starting with language. Okay so maybe they aren't but it makes you wonder, why are they censoring your words? Google claims that it censors words like these so that it can avoid mishaps, following is their actual statement on the subject. “We filter potentially offensive or inappropriate results because we want to avoid situations whereby we might misrecognize a spoken query and return profanity when, in fact, the user said something completely innocent,” said Google.


Taken from the arstechnica review of the Nexus One:
The Nexus One sports one of the fastest mobile processors yet released. With a 1GHz Snapdragon (ARM Cortex A8) processor, it should have enough power to get through nearly any task that a mobile user might throw at it. And with 512MB of memory (almost double that of the Droid), it should multitask very smoothly. And it does, unless you put it under a very high load. But let's look at exactly how fast it gets on a single task.

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The Linpack benchmark is a test of overall system performance. And as the benchmark shows, the Nexus One is three times faster than the original G1 hardware, and just about 60% faster than the Droid.

Web Browsing

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The results are clear. The Nexus One is the fastest handheld mobile device, both by raw specifications and by actual performance. While webkit on Android 2.1 is not nearly as well optimized as webkit on the iPhone OS on a clock-for-clock basis, the raw speed of the hardware masks any flaws in the code. During my testing on actual websites, I noted that Internet latency and ad-serving from disparate networks had more to do with the loading speed than the amount of processor lag.
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Consumer Response

So far the Nexus One has not met it's target. Consumer response has been fair at best. Aligned with the first month's sales of the Iphone (at 600,000) and the motorola Droid (at 525,000), Nexus One's 80,000 units sold pale in comparison. All is not lost however. Depending on how you interpret Google's standard of success for the Nexus, the phones first month has been right on par. In a foot in mouth moment Google's mobility chief Andy Rubin, told GigaOM's Om Malik that he thought Google would sell, "at the very least," 150,000 Nexus One phones - a statement that Malik mildly modified after the phone's 20,000-sale first week to "be happy to sell about 150,000 Nexus One devices." However, Rubin was talking about total Nexus One sales, not first-month sales, and so the Googlonian cup is now either half-empty or half-full.

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